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Manufacturer: Square Enix
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Binding: Video Game
Brand: Playstation
EAN: 0711719416326
ESRB Age Rating: Teen
Feature: For Sony Playstation
Label: Square Enix
Manufacturer: Square Enix
Number Of Discs: 3
Platform: PlayStation
Publisher: Square Enix
Studio: Square Enix

Features
For Sony Playstation
3 discs
69 page manual

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Editorial Reviews:

Long recognized as role-playing games par excellence, the Final Fantasy series gets a technological makeover in this installment (and series debut on the PlayStation). Shedding the two-dimensional graphics and limited sound capabilities of its predecessors, Final Fantasy VII features lush 3-D graphics, beautifully animated "movie" sequences, and soundtrack-quality music. Coupled with the game's intricate storyline, endearing characters, and immense yet highly imaginative world, these new advancements make for a quite an engrossing experience.

The story of Final Fantasy VII centers around a solider named Cloud Strife, who joins forces with Avalanche, a group of resistance fighters, to take down an evil mega-corporation known as Shinra. (The fate of the world hangs in the balance, of course.) Truly epic in scope, this four-disc game requires a considerable amount of time to complete---this reviewer gladly gave up over 80 hours of his life to finish it. But it's definitely a rewarding adventure that every PlayStation owner should consider undertaking, especially since it's now one of the low-priced "Greatest Hits" titles. --Joe Hon

Pros:

  • Intricate and absorbing storyline with endearing characters
  • Immense and highly imaginative game world
  • Special battle system
  • Beautifully animated movie sequences

Cons:

  • Your friends and family may feel neglected



Spotlight customer reviews:

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Summary: Quite simply...
Comment: the greatest video game ever made. If you have never played this game, do yourself a favor and PLAY IT!!!!!!!!



Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Amazing
Comment: Final Fantasy 7 is quite possibly the greatest game that I have ever played. Even as I write this review I am listening to the soundtrack for the game. When Final Fantasy 7 first became available for the Playstation console, it set the bar that every other rpg must reach in order to be successful. The graphics where outstanding and never before seen. I found myself playing for hours and hours when it only seemed like minutes went by. The story begins in a city called Midgar and it is here that we meet the bulk of the characters. As soon as the game began I was hooked. The turn-based battle system was new to me since this was my first experience with a final fantasy game. It offered a refreshing breath from the typical smash-buttons-together-until-boss-dead video games and actually forced the player to think about what attacks to use. After Aeris died at the end of the first disc I was kind of taken back and I am quite sure that a lot of others felt the same way. She was on of the most loved characters in all of the Final Fantasy Franchise. After seeing the boss of the game, Sephiroth, kill her I felt even more compelled to finish the game. After about 45 hours,the game has an internal clock, I finally succeeded in beating him thus ending the game or so I thought. I picked up the game again a year later and realized that there were tons of side stories that I had skipped and many items that I had over looked. Take for instance raising Chobocos to compete in races and in Cloud's final limit break. It took me about another six months to find every lost item and complete every side story but it was worth it. I would recommend this game for any hardcore gamer. It will change your life. COM 435


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Summary: Nice!
Comment: Thanks for this classic Final Fantasy game. This will be the first 3 disk long rpg I've played though but who cares. It's great!

Customer Rating: Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5Average rating of 1/5
Summary: The Beginning of the End of Final Fantasy
Comment: Final Fantasy 7 is an abomination, a plague upon the Final Fantasy universe, and an embarassment to the Final Fantasy name.

The graphics are absolutely atrocious by today's standards and they were mediocre at best ten years ago. The difficulty level is far too easy and the battle system is nothing groundbreaking. The story is typical and the character design is awful. The overall game design is unorganized and illogical. The mini games are terrible and are more frustrating than fun.

This game does not reward you well for exploring dungeons or defeating bosses, but rather grants you the ultimate materia through mindless, tedious, and uninteresting side quests like chocobo breeding.

The soundtrack and atmosphere are the only redeeming qualities, but are still mediocore compared to previous FF OSTs and other RPG music.

FF7 is garbage compared to classics like FF4 and FF6 and trash compared to other PSX RPGs like Xenogears, Valkyrie Profile, Vagrant Story, Suikoden 2, Star Ocean, and Chrono Cross.

The best Final Fantasy game on PlayStation is Final Fantasy Tactics. The best Final Fantasy game of all time is VI, and certainly is not VII.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: A late review
Comment: For me this was my first Final Fantasy experience and I am proud to say this is not only one of my favorite Final Fantasy's its also one of my most favorite rpg's. I don't give VII 5 stars because its the first final fantasy game I played, I give it 5 stars because it truly is an amazing roller coaster of excitement, emotion and even add humor into the mix as well as not being just kid friendly. Not only that but it has the one of the most memorable vilians if not the most memorable one, Sephiroth.

Storyline: In VII you play as Cloud Strife a mercenary for hire. As the game begins you are thrust into battle immediately as you have joined up with a rebel (or terrorist, if you will) group called Avolanche, who either its members or supporters needs to learn how to spell, to blow up a Shinra reactor in the city of Midgar. Shinra is a corporation that is sucking the energy, called Mako, out of the planet which is slowly killing the planet. After this job and the next you end up joining Avolanche and pretty much becoming the leader of the group taking over Barret's spot. As the story progresses you find out you were a member of a group called Soldier, Shinra's elite soldiers, and befriending the main villian Sephiroth. Thats the introduction to VII as I will not go into it any deeper. I will say that the story gets more complex, very emotional and has some really good twists along the way. It also deals with more adult themes such as cussing and even some cross-dressing to name a few.

Characters: Square dived in really deep on some characters background and left others barely scratched. Cloud and Sephiroth have the most character develpment in the game and their story's intertwine quite a bit. As the game progresses though, Sephiroth and Cloud's stories start developing on their own and not relying on each others. Aeris role and story in the game is probably the most important supporting characters in the game followed closely by Red XIII. Tifa, Barret and Cid get good stories into their backgrounds and definately add their importance in the story as well. Another member is Cait Sith who you find little about and forces his way into the party. Vincent and Yuffie are optional characters to have in your party and can easily be missed to get if you aren't paying attention, assuming you want them in the party in the first place. They don't play much part in the story and have very little background insight on them during the game.

Combat System: The combat system is developed around whats called materia. Its what you need to use magic and can be found after defeating bosses, lying around in room or just bought in stores. Everything that has to do with fighting is centered around materia, from equipping your weapons and items to casting magic-its a must to be knowledgeable about how to use your materia and use it properly. Your materia also gains experience in battles, not by using it though, but by equipping it to your armor and items you have equipped on your character. You can also use materia together such as the "all" and "fire" materia. You equip it on your weapon or item that has a sideways figure 8 looking thing on it and when you cast fire you hit all your enemies instead of one. The last thing about materia is once you max out your experience in say your "fire" materia it reproduces another one starting the new materia experince at 0 and you now have 2 fire materias instead of one-You can also do that to the summon materia's too. A few other things about the combat is its an active time battle system which means while your choosing your commands for characters the enemy won't hang around and wait to attack. The last thing is your limit breaks which are special attacks that you get after your "anger" meter (I guess that what you can call it) fills up. You can set it to allies getting hit or if that particular character gets hit. There is a lot of materia out there so don't be afraid to mix and match to see what goes with what.

Graphics: The graphics in this game especially for its time, I thought to be simply unbelievable. The random battles are done in 3-D, a first that I know of, for an rpg to do that on a console system and definately set the bar for rpg's to follow. The cg clips were simply breathtaking at the time but after today's games its hard to believe I thought that when I first played the game. You can tell that they were definitely trying to move past the sprite based characters (which they did in battles) from the previous games but they just couldn't leap that hurdle until Final Fantasy VIII. The backgrounds were interactive instead of just being completely preset, but weren't fully 3-D, I guess you could call it 2-D interactive.

Music: Music is definitely one thing that can single handedly ruin an rpg such as repetitive fight music and travelling music. This is another area where VII excelled at. Sephiroth was given his own theme music (one that most players if they heard would identify it in a split second) and music at the gold saucer was definitely theme park music. Aeris' theme was also very memorable and after a certain event in the game, upon hearing it you might be caught off guard and you could find yourself tearing up. Even orhestra's have had concerts where you could find them playing music from VII and even other final fantasy titles.

Minigames: This is one area where Square could've done better. They have many minigames but few of the games are fun like the snowboarding and motorcycle chase. The others were rather boring and got old really quick. The chocobo races were fun but chocobo breeding was time consuming and ultimately a pain to do. The Gold chocobo was random in breeding and you could end up reseting you playstation for over an hour trying to get it. I persisted and got mine but the reward was almost not worth the hours slaving over it. Just remember if you don't do it you never get to get the Knights of the Round materia, which is the most powerful summon in the game.

Final Fantasy VII came from out of nowhere hitting the world like an asteroid sending shockwaves all over the video game nation. It single handedly put rpg's on the map for the non-hardcore gamers and sent hardcore gamers into an rpg frenzy. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but you can't deny that Final Fantasy VII deserved the hype that it created. It took all the best aspects of rpg's such as the story, love story, character build-up, an easy to use and tactical fighting system and combined 3-D models for its random battles, an interactive background and music that has been remembered for over a decade. Also having follow up games years later coming out because of the huge fan base. You can say that another rpg would have done it sooner or later but the truth is Square put one heck of a game together and they did it first.

You can call me a square fanboy if you want but the truth is I'm an rpg lover. Yes, I have played almost all the final fantasy rpg's out there. I have also played the incredible Lunar games, Grandia games, Xenogears, Xenosaga, Legend of Legaia, Legend of Dragoon and the list goes on and on to more recent titles on the ps2 and 360. The truth is that none of those rpg's shook the foundation of the entire gaming world and turned it completely upside down. Even people who hate rpg's hate this game the most out of all the rpg's out there because its the one they had to hear about the most!

Final Fantasy VII gets a straight 5 out of 5 and deserves more for the bars they broke and limits they pushed. Not only that, but its characters are timeless and memorable, its story is amazing and emotional and the music is like none other for its time.


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